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RATINGS: 2095   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A fine companion to end a meal or relax in front of the hearth with, this robust ale will cellar well for years. Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley this stout is extremely smooth, complex and rich in body. We recommend serving at cellar temperature. Sit back and enjoy its richness and complexity, youre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9706) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2010
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Ive been sitting on this one a while, and figured it was about time to try it. Pours a motor oil black with a nice brown head that leaves some light and sloppy lacing and a film on top of the beer. Aroma of roasted barley malts, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, dirt, and toasted brown sugar. I think I am drinking this a little too cold. The flavor improves upon the aroma. The same notes are there- roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, earthy notes- along with some figs, smoked wood, burnt toast, nuts, hops, and plums. Some hop and alcohol bitterness comes in late. Full-bodied, with a rich, robust, and thick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Dry, roasty, smoky aftertaste. Gets better as it warms. Im not surprised that this is an awesome beer. Founders knows how to do an imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (7051) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
Draft on tap at Bavarian Lodge (Lisle, IL). Pours an opaque black pour, pitchblacn, a small light brown head that is a thick film, stays that way, laces ok. Aromas are dark and roasty, a firm roasty malt base leading into some dark chocolate, caramel malts provide some sweetness, a touch of brown sugar, light coffee. Initial is fuller bodied, medium to heavier of medium, a potent booziness and roast hit the palate, bitter chocolate, a touch of smokiness sneaks in and really does something interesting, pretty bitter end, sweetness subdues behind. Smoke lends a touch toward ash and maybe even a touch of campfire, dry roast with caramel and cocoa sticking a bit. A full flavorful foreigh stout, a bit simple for the style I think, but the faint smokiness lends an interesting take.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle from Phila Craft Store. Nice black pur with thick tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate and roasted malt.. Nice hop taste blended in perfect with rhe roast. A good dry finish and a mild pretzel taste. GOOD WORK!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 15, 2010
Draft @ Coles, Buffalo, NY> Dark Dark pour. Nice lacing after a slowly diminishing dark khaki head. Aromas of dark chocolate, black coffee, deep roasted malts. Taste is Big roastiness, chocolate. Extremely favorful & Booziness is really well hidden. Very Very good

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2153) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2010
12 oz bottle from Julios
Appearance : Pours thick oily black with almost no head. I managed to get some foam but it was hard. Head is creamy and dark brown.
Aroma : Strong roasted malt with some resinous hops. Hints of coffee and chocolate. After heating up a bit I get strong notes of liquorice mixing with the hops and the roasted malts.
Taste : Strong roasted malt with quite a lot of hops. Finish is intensely roasty and warm with hops. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Finish starts almost fruity then very warm leading to a solid bitterness and ending with lots of roasted malts.
Overall : This is a sipper. You can feel the whole 10%. Highly complex and rich. Nice balance between hops and roasted malt. i could sip this all night. Very complex, very intense and tasty. Even warm its still awesome (maybe a bit too much alcohol when warm however). Awesome stuff !

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2010
A damn fine beer overall, very drinkable and full of flavour. Pretty attractive too!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - APR 8, 2010
Deep Chocolate notes with sweetness in the aroma. Dark with a thin tan head. Taste is smooth for such a strong beer. Starts a bit sweet and then some hops and malt hit. Chocolate at the end. Full palate that makes the beer seem chewy.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 6, 2010
Maybe the quintessential imperial stout. If someone were ask me to give them a good example of an imperial stout and what characteristics it should hold- Id probably give em this. Nice nose of dry chocolate, some bitter coffee and roast malt. Taste is mostly roast malt and bakers chocolate. Doesnt get too sweet like some others in the style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2010
Aroma of coffee, caramel, malt, and smoke. Pours a dark black color with a chocolate tan soapy head. Sweet up front, bitters and chocolate on the back end. Very tasty. The smoke is always a turn off for me. But if I get past the smoke, this beer is a very tasty stout.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WiFlatlander (25) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2010
Poured a thick, opaque brown/black with a tight, almost like a well tapped guinness, head. Full bodied, but smooth taste, somewhat on the sweet side. A winter seasonal and one of the very few reasons to lament the end of a Wisconsin winter.


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